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people's government has to get on with delivering the people's priorities and, in the next few years, we must get on with our basic work. the number of cases of mumps in england is at its highest for a decade. chinese officials say hundreds of health workers have been infected by the coronavirus and six have died. and why are the liverpool women's team facing relegation when the men are top of the league? and coming up in the sport on bbc news — the world health organisation tells those running the olympics that there's no need to cancel tokyo 2020 because of the coronavirus. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one.
in a landmark case on freedom of expression, a high courtjudge has warned police against acting like the gestapo or the stasi when they investigate allegedly transphobic messages on social media. thejudge ruled that humberside police acted disproportionately when they turned up at harry miller's place of work and told him his tweets about tra nsgender people were a ‘hate incident‘. the judge said the police visit had a potentially chilling effect, saying, "we have never lived in an orwellian society." our legal correspondent, clive coleman is at the high court. clive. well, harry miller believes that a man cannot become a well, harry miller believes that a marl cannot become a woman well, harry miller believes that a man cannot become a woman and vice ve rsa man cannot become a woman and vice versa and he tweets on gender identity issues, often using fairly crude and some would feel very offensive language. in january crude and some would feel very offensive language. injanuary 2019, a trans woman complained about his tweets. humberside police attended
his place of work. they eventually interviewed him over the phone and warned him that if he continued, he could be prosecuted. he judicially reviewed the guidance under which this incident was logged as a non—crime eight incident, which can be turned up on certain background checks. today, mrjustice knowles ruled that the guidance itself was lawful but that the behaviour of humberside police was a disproportionate interference with his right to free speech. outside court, harry miller was delighted. we have never had a gestapo or a stasi in great britain but the actions of humberside police came way too close for comfort. this is a watershed moment for liberty. the police were wrong to visit my workplace. wrong to check my thinking. wrong in their attempt to force me the stonewall and now the labour party trans right pledge.
well, many people will regard the very strong words from esther justice knowles as a robust defence of freedom of speech. but that isn't the case, in particular with trans groups. outside court, helen belcher, from the organisation trans media watch, gave her reaction. i think trans people will be worried that it could become open season on us because the court didn't really define what the threshold for acceptable speech was. and i think it willjust reinforce an opinion that the courts don't really understand trans lives and aren't there to protect trans people. well, ben, the words of mrjustice knowles today give real guidance to police forces about the tenor and kind of language that is permissible in commenting online on issues relating to minority groups. as i say, it is going to split people.
some will be grateful for this judgment, feeling it allows them to speak freely but there is no question, others will be very concerned and upset about it and this will be a very controversial judgment. clive, many thanks indeed. clive coleman, our legal correspondent. borisjohnson‘s new cabinet has been meeting for the first time since yesterday's dramatic reshuffle which saw sajid javid resign as chancellor. the prime minister told his new team they have to get on with delivering the government's priorities. at his side was rishi sunak — his new chancellor — who's due to deliver his first budget in just a few weeks' time. here's our political correspondent iain watson. a new cabinet and borisjohnson would like us to think it is also a new government, one with different priorities from the previous conservative administrations. we are here to deliver for the people of this country who elected us to serve them, the people's government has to get on with delivering the people's priorities. boris johnson's new next
door neighbour at number 11 downing st isa door neighbour at number 11 downing st is a former investment banker rishi sunak and he has to find the cash for another ten‘s plans. this cash for another ten's plans. this new cabinet minister says appointing a chancellor with a seat in yorkshire demonstrates a commitment to northern england. very pleased to have another northerner sitting round the cabinet table. we are proud of ourselves up north and fighting that tory fight. many more of us now but i have rishi sunak they will be a great asset. but rishi sunak, unlike his predecessor sajid javid, has had to accept sharing his staff with no 10 downing st. what was proposed, it is now going to happen, is that we bring together the back—office teams that help to advise the prime minister at no 10 and those that advise the chancellor, and i think that's sensible because as i say, we have a lot to do. no 10 downing st insists it didn't want sajid javid to leave number 11 downing st. in fact, they even tried to persuade him that having a joint advisory team between no 10 and number11
having a joint advisory team between no 10 and number 11 would actually give the treasury more influence at the heart of government. he was obviously unconvinced. but for boris johnson, his priorities mattered far more than the personnel around his cabinet table. a former adviser to sajid javid said he was given an offer that he had to refuse. sajid rightly understood that not having his own political advice would be incredibly detrimental to his decision—making power. incredibly detrimental to his decision-making power. are you running number11 decision-making power. are you running number" as decision-making power. are you running number 11 as well as no 10? boris johnson's key adviser running number 11 as well as no 10? borisjohnson's key adviser dominic cummings ran the vote leave campaign and some say he is keen to take back control from no 10's potential political rivals. firstly it is about control as to where the power lies between no 10 and the treasury. i think if it ends up that they have morejoined up i think if it ends up that they have more joined up working together as we had under cameron and osborne that would be a very good thing. if it ends up in the kind of space where the treasury to some degree is
being neutered, and it has a key function in terms of being a custodian of the public finances, then i think that will be more problematic. how many nurses are we recruiting? 50,000. exactly. how many more buses? laughter borisjohnson is laughter boris johnson is under laughter borisjohnson is under pressure from mps to spend more in their areas so when the new chancellor delivers his first budget, we will see just how loose the purse strings are going to be. let's talk live to iain watson in westminster. the new chancellor just getting his feet under the desk. is he going to go ahead with that budget do you in just a week's time. downing street cannot confirm the budget will go ahead on its previously agreed date of march the 11th, but all the signals are that it will go ahead relatively quickly before the start of the new financial year in april, so i still expect to see a budget next month. one of the benefits of appointing rishi sunak to succeed sajid javid at number 11 is that he was
previously the chancellor's number two, so he already worked in the treasury team, he has already been working on that budget, so it shouldn't take too much of a dramatic change between now and budget day with him in post. that said, though, it is now really a question of whether this will signal a change in approach for no 10 and number 11 downing st. because you just have to listen to prime minister's questions every week and some of these newly elected mps for northern seats that won seats for the first time in living memory from labour demanding money for reopened railway lines, local hospitals, more money to fight knife crime. so, will the new chancellor be under pressure from downing street to loosen the purse strings? that's what the new budget will tell us when it comes. another thing worth saying is that behind—the—scenes there are much more radical changes taking place. notjust merging no 10 and number 11 advisors, also moving some of those advisers around to make sure they are not working to specific ministers, ie increasing downing
street's power, and also i think this is the first stage in a much wider reorganisation of whitehall and how government works which we will see further down the line. iain watson, many thanks. iain watson, oui’ watson, many thanks. iain watson, our political correspondent. the number of people diagnosed with mumps in england is the highest for a decade. 5,000 cases were confirmed last year — almost five times more than the year before. public health england says it's partly down to people not getting the mmr vaccine in the 1990s and early 2000s. tim muffett reports. i would literally be screaming from being in pain. lectures, essays, the odd party, and mumps — flora, ben and ollie's second year at leeds university hasn't gone quite to plan. i went to bed normal, like, normal chin, fine, everything fine. but then i woke up and, bang, my face was just puffed out, so swollen. were you surprised as to how painful it was? i got prescribed morphine, it was that bad.
it started out with just pain in my ear and jaw. and then, it kind of started swelling. so painful. like, yourjaw pretty much locks and i could open my mouth this much. brushing my teeth, felt a lump around here and started swelling up. yeah, had pretty fat face. other students who have had mumps have been sharing before and after photos. the number of cases in england is at its highest level in a decade and many universities and colleges have seen outbreaks. there were more than 5,000 laboratory—confirmed cases of mumps last year — almost five times the number seen in 2018. last month alone, there were nearly three times as many cases as the previous january. today's young adults were born in the late ‘90s and early 2000s and that was when the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination was incorrectly linked to autism,
creating a panic amongst parents. now, the link has been proved to be false, but many children missed out on their mmr jab. the cohort of young people who weren't vaccinated are now at university, getting to know each other, sharing their bugs, and that's meant we've seen this huge increase in cases. around half of mumps cases last year were amongst unvaccinated people, according to public health england. but many, like flora, ben and ollie, did have the mmrjab and the follow—up booster. and yet, they still got mumps. the challenge is that the mumps element of the vaccine isn't quite as effective as it is for measles and rubella. the more people that are vaccinated, the harder it is for the bugs to get around to be shared in the first place. so, even if you have had two mmr jabs, you could still potentially get mumps, partly because a lot of people didn't and, therefore, the virus is more prevalent. precisely. mumps typically passes with no lasting damage. those who have had an mmr jab are less likely to suffer serious complications.
on rare occasions, it can lead to hearing loss, viral meningitis, and infertility in men. anyone unsure if they've had an mmrjab or a booster is advised to see a doctor. with vaccinations, it's never too late to catch up. tim muffett, bbc news. officials in china have reported 121 more deaths from the coronavirus outbreak, bringing the total number to almost 1,400. the number of confirmed cases of the virus rose by more than 5,000. but the world health organization says cases are not rising dramatically outside china, despite a spike in hubei province. stephen mcdonnell is in beijing. stephen, the latest figures showing the toll the virus has taken on health workers in particular in china. yes. i think people were not surprised to hear that so many
people in the medical profession, especially those in the city of wuhan, have contracted this virus. imagine you are an arm's length away from a patient who has this virus, that's a dangerous place to be, and also they are exhausted. there is footage and photographs going around social media of doctors and nurses sleeping on the floor in hospitals, they haven't had a rest for days. so they haven't had a rest for days. so the people's liberation army has brought in thousands of extra medics to try and bolster the effort in hubei province, it does seem to be very, very tough there. 5000 extra cases today, although many of those are because of the new definition of what constitutes officially being infected. however, outside of hubei province, a very different picture. if you look around where i am now, look how quiet it is, there is virtually no one in the streets around here. it's the same right across beijing, the same in every city in china. and those restrictions on human interaction do
seem restrictions on human interaction do seem to be having an impact in terms of slowing the spread of the disease. and i think when you talk to most people here, although there isa to most people here, although there is a lot of suffering, you know, people losing their wages, businesses don't know when they will be able to open up again, but as long as in the long run it means this virus is defeated they are prepared to put up with a lot of pain. thank you, stephen. stephen mcdonald in beijing. the time is 1:15pm. ourtop mcdonald in beijing. the time is 1:15pm. our top story this lunchtime. victory at the high court for a man who was warned by police about allegedly transphobic messages on social media. and coming up, the mafia boss who was discovered hiding out in a caravan park in lancashire. and in the sport on bbc news, in his first tournament as world number one for nearly five years, rory mcilroy is well placed on three—under par after the first round in los angeles.
donald trump's attorney general has criticised the president for tweeting about high—profile criminal cases. william barr'sjustice department is currently under scrutiny over its decision to seek a shorter prison sentence for mr trump's long—time friend, roger stone, who was found guilty of lying to congress. mr barr insists he always acts independently and he's urged the president to end his commentary on social media. david willis reports. up to now, william barr has been a staunch defender of president trump. but earlier this week, he found himself at the centre of a huge row after thejustice department overruled a recommendation by its own prosecution team and told a judge that a sentence of up to nine years injail for roger stone was inappropriate, only hours after president trump had tweeted, saying the punishment was too harsh. thejustice department's move
prompted the entire prosecution team in the case to withdraw and mr barr has now gone public to assert his department's impartiality, suggesting also that the president stops tweeting. to have public statements and tweets made about the department, about our people in the department, men and women here, about cases pending in the department, and aboutjudges before whom we have cases make it impossible for me to do myjob and to assure the courts and the prosecutors in the department that we are doing our work with integrity. mr barr denied that there was a direct orderfrom the president to amend the sentence, although he called such tweets disruptive. this isn't the first time that president trump has been accused of attempting to influence the us justice department, and democrats are calling for an investigation.
this is an abuse of power that the president is again trying to manipulate federal law enforcement to serve his political interest. and the president is what he is. he thinks he's above the law, he has no respect for the rule, but where are the republicans to speak out on this blatant violation? the president is not interfering because if you listen to the department ofjustice, they made the decision before the tweet ever went out. attorney general barr is coming before the committee as well, but there is no issue here. so far, the white house is saying only that the president is not bothered by william barr's comments and they are making the point that the president, just like any other american citizen, has the right to express his opinions publicly. david willis, bbc news, los angeles. let's speak to naomi ruchim who's a correspondent for cbs news. she is in new york. how unusual is
it for one of donald trump's top officials to tell him to tweet less? it does seem with this administration we have seen it all, especially when it comes to the president and twitter. in this case, it may be an attempt by william barr to protect his own reputation and the reputation of the justice department. he does not give many interviews and it is notable he chose to do this interview with a network other than fox, a safer space for him. it seems he may be hoping to get his message out to rank and file of thejustice department so that folks who work for him don't feel there is any tie between the president and the department ofjustice. barr says he will not be bullied, he will not be influenced by anybody including the president or local party the macro orany president or local party the macro or any newspaper and he told abc he never spoke to the white house and he made the decision before president trump's tweet. or the
local party or any newspaper. the president's tweets made it look like there might be coordination between there might be coordination between the white house and the department ofjustice. the question is whether or not he meant to do this in a way that was so public. you can bet every moment was planning to the teeth. —— planned to the tee. every moment was planning to the teeth. -- planned to the tee. thank you, naomi ruchin. the scottish conservatives have a new leader. jackson carlaw, who has been interim leader since the resignation of ruth davidson in august, received more than three times the votes of the only other candidate, michelle ballantyne. a former italian mafia boss, who was found hiding in a caravan park in lancashire, has told the bbc about the british businessmen who helped the mafia make millions of pounds through fraud. gennaro panzuto is a state witness whose evidence has helped convict former members of the camorra family criminal syndicate in naples. this report from dominic casciani.
the secrets are being unlocked, a rare insight into one of the world's most powerful mafia gangs. i'm meeting gennaro panzuto, a camorra leader who murdered and is now confessing all. translation: one thing i do remember is the dull thud of the bodies falling after you've shot them. they're asking you to kill somebody. did you not think, that's the wrong thing to do? translation: no, when you grow up in a context like mine, for lots of kids like me, it's normal. panzuto was a teenage street thief who rose through the ranks to become a boss. in 2006, he was suspected of multiple murders as clan warfare erupted. at the time, gennaro panzuto was for sure a dangerous criminal in naples in italy.
he went on the run to northern england where local businessmen hid him on this caravan park and helped him make money for the mafia. they'd set up companies to dodge tax on goods sold both at home and in naples by the camorra. it's known as carousel fraud. carousel fraud is really, really profitable. it is a good tool even to money—launder or to move money from a country to another. so, it's really important to organised crime groups? yeah, it's a paradise. in 2007, panzuto was captured. he took the rare step of cooperating with prosecutors, telling them about his british helpers, but no—one was arrested. in his home city, naples, panzuto's evidence has helped the fight against the camorra. we're out on patrol with police on some of the toughest estates.
older mob leaders are injail, but the clans, many led by teenagers, are still active. this is a place of drugs. yes, it's a place where drugs are sold. this is a constant daily battle for these police officers who are on the naples flying squad trying to stop these types of crime, drug dealing, and the fear is that the money made here is funnelled into some of the most dangerous crime groups in the world. in a prison at the other end of italy, panzuto thinks the camorra is finished. but why did he turn against them? translation: for love of my partner, for love of my children. what's the personal price for you in doing that? too much. too much? too much. he will soon be released, but he'll always be looking over his shoulder. dominic casciani, bbc
news, northern italy. 17 jamaican men, who were deported from the uk on tuesday, have been released from an army processing centre in the capital, kingston. they had all been convicted of criminal offences and given prison sentences of 12 months or more. greg mckenzie reports. for 24—year—old chevon brown, the last 12 months have been what he describes as a living hell, deported from britain for a string of driving offences. he came to the uk at the age 01:14 and settled in oxford, before being deported back to jamaica. my accent will tell you, i'm not jamaican. i'm only jamaican by blood because i was born here. they are actually tearing families apart, they are ripping fathers away from their children, they are making our parents stressed, they're making the kids stressed, which will lead to problems down the road. on tuesday, the home office resumed deportation flights back to jamaica, saying its priority was keeping
british people safe. these pictures show the 17 men being released from an army processing centre in the country's capital, kingston. i was seeing some very distraught family members, i saw a mixed reception for them. but importantly, i saw grown men crying. i don't take no pleasure in saying that. the fact that even one man came out, from the families i was talking to, and actually had a child since, now that child hasjust had daddy ripped away from him entirely. and the question is, why? on that flight was 33—year—old rupert smith, a first—time offender. he left behind a wife and three children. there's a lot of emotions to put to... but i can't find a word that's suitable enough to put it altogether. in a sense, i'lljust say the whole feeling's empty. while the home office says it doesn't comment on individual cases,
it has defended the deportations, making no apology whatsoever for seeking to remove what it says are dangerous foreign criminals from the uk. greg mckenzie, bbc news, kingston, jamaica. roundabouts are good for your health. that's according to a new scientific study. they reduce the amount of time cars spend idling at junctions which leads to improved air quality. our transport correpsondent richard westcott has more. just 20 miles apart, meet the best and the worst towns in britain for getting rid of their air pollution. 8am, milton keynes. so, i wonder what the pollution levels are like around a roundabout. 8am, luton. we're actually moving. and a monitor to tell us what we're breathing in. right, for a start, i thought we'd pick the 505, that joyous road that goes into luton. the levels we've got are peaking at 120 micrograms per cubic inch of nitrogen dioxide. wow, 120.
so, basically, the world health organization says an average of a0 is what you need. but that busy road coming into luton, 120. yeah, exactly. a study by the universities of birmingham and lancaster found that the two towns actually produce about the same amount of pollution for their size. but despite that, it estimates that the air in luton is much dirtier than the air in milton keynes. we only used one monitor across a couple of mornings. but we found the same thing. the pollution levels are certainly building up within the vehicle as they were yesterday but to nowhere near the same degree. we are at around 55 micrograms, where if we think of being on the a505 yesterday, we were up at 120 in the vehicle. that's amazing. so, actually, the pollution levels in this car at the moment going into town are less than half than they were going into luton. absolutely. yeah. but how can two places producing the same pollution have such different air quality? design.
take milton keynes' much maligned roundabouts. along with its wide boulevards and open roads, they keep the traffic flowing, but led the poisonous gases drift away. luton, on the other hand, with its tightly—packed built—up streets, traps the gas. the author of the study says town planners can learn from their research. mixing up your urban fabric, making it a little bit crinkly, as i like to say, that really helps because it helps the air move around the urban area and dilute the pollution away. we'd much rather have less pollution produced, but if we have to have some pollution produced, then mixing it away is by far the best next thing to do. it shows what a huge impact design can have on the air we breathe. milton keynes, the town designed around the car, has some of the cleanest urban air because of the way it's laid out. richard westcott, bbc news, milton keynes. football now, and liverpool's men
are the runaway premier league leaders, but it's a different story for the women's team. liverpool fc women are currently struggling against relegation from the women's super league. it's led some to question the level of investment in the women's team compared to the tens of millions spent on their male counterparts. jane dougall reports. it's a cold night in chester. the home team have just lost a 3—2 to arsenal women and they are facing a relegation battle. but the team in red isn't a small club. it's liverpool. their men's side are the champions league holders, top of the premier league by a considerable margin, and they are also building a new £50 million training complex. but currently, there are no plans to accommodate the women's team there. is there not? i didn't know that. that's a shock. that's not good, is it? it's disrespectful in a way, isn't it? i think in today's modern game, they should be sharing facilities, yeah. we need quite a lot more
equality and diversity, and part of that is, i think, they should be investing in the women's team. this isn't liverpool women's home ground. they usually play at prenton park, owned by tranmere rovers, but the condition of the pitch has seen two games postponed this year already, leading to fans asking if the women's side is funded adequately. the window's closed anyway, so even if i did have bags of money, i couldn't buy any players. so it's really important for me as the manager that i don't get emotional about anything else apart from making sure our players are performing every week and we make the most of what we've got. this defeat means liverpool women stay second bottom of the table. when five seasons ago they were the title winners. but since then, other clubs have invested heavily in their women's teams and have overtaken them. at london colney, we are part of the group and part of the family and if we need to tap into, whether its medical, whether it's sports science, whether it's coaching, we tap into all areas, whether it is the academy or the first team, men's, and we all work together. in a statement, the club said...